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CPSC RIN: 3041-AC31 Publication ID: Spring 2023 
Title: Regulatory Options for Table Saws 

In 2006, the Commission granted a petition asking that the Commission issue a rule to prescribe performance standards for an active injury mitigation (AIM) system to reduce or prevent injuries from contacting the blade of a table saw. The Commission subsequently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would establish a performance standard requiring table saws to limit the depth of cut to 3.5 millimeters when a test probe, acting as a surrogate for a human body/finger, contacts the table saw's spinning blade. Staff has conducted several studies to provide information for the rulemaking. Staff intends to submit a final rule briefing package to the Commission in fiscal year 2023.

Agency: Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 16 CFR 1245   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 553(e)    15 U.S.C. 2056    15 U.S.C. 2058   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Commission Decision to Grant Petition  07/11/2006 
ANPRM  10/11/2011  76 FR 62678   
Notice of Extension of Time for Comments  12/02/2011  76 FR 75504   
Comment Period End  02/10/2012 
Notice to Reopen Comment Period  02/15/2012  77 FR 8751   
Reopened Comment Period End  03/16/2012 
Staff Sent NPRM Briefing Package to Commission  01/17/2017 
Commission Decision  04/27/2017 
NPRM  05/12/2017  82-FR 22190   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/26/2017 
Public Hearing  08/09/2017  82 FR 31035   
Staff Sent 2016 NEISS Table Saw Type Study Status Report to Commission   08/15/2017 
Staff Sent 2017 NEISS Table Saw Special Study to Commission  11/13/2018 
Notice of Availability of 2017 NEISS Table Saw Special Study  12/04/2018  83FR62561   
Staff Sends a Status Briefing Package on Table Saws to Commission  08/28/2019 
Commission Decision  09/10/2019 
Staff Sends Final Rule Briefing Package to Commission  09/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Caroleene Paul
Project Manager, Directorate for Engineering Sciences
Consumer Product Safety Commission
National Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place,
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone:301 987-2225